Writer: Robert TinnellArtist: Neil VokesPublisher: MonsterverseRelease Date: May 2012Sub-Genre: Old-School MonstersSynopsis: Dracula. Baron Frankenstein. Abraham Van Helsing. Carmilla Karnstein. In FLESH AND BLOOD Book One, these icons of Gothic horror battled for supremacy in an edgy re-imagining of vampires, monsters and heroes as sensual as it is dark and terrifying. Now, in Book Two, Van Helsing and the cursed lycanthrope, Horst, are on the vampires' trail, hoping to not only avenge themselves on the bloodsuckers, but also rescue Frankenstein. The notorious doctor is now a prisoner of the beautiful vampire, Erzebet, who forces him to put his unholy science to work on his most blasphemous experiment yet! From acclaimed writer and artist team Robert Tinnell and Neil Vokes (THE BLACK FOREST, THE WICKED WEST) comes volume two of their horror epic, FLESH AND BLOOD. Cover art by renowned horror illustrator Dan Brereton.
Our Thoughts: For anyone not keeping track at home, Flesh and Blood Book One was the winner of the ComicMonsters.com 2011 Horror Comic Award for Best Original Graphic Novel. So it is no surprise that Book Two in the series is easy to recommend and is no doubt a contender for an award again this year. If you haven't read Book One, pick that one up first. Book Two could stand alone, but you'll get more out of reading them together. This book is a must read for any fan of old-school monsters and the Hammer films of the 60's and 70's.
Story: The love and attention to tone in this book really indicates that Tinnell is a super fanboy himself of the subject material. The story is also more sexy and gripping than most other books you may have picked up recently.
Art: The art is just what you would want in a book like this; crisp and loaded with detail. Vokes has clearly spent many, many Sunday afternoons in front of his television watching old movies, and maybe even some time watching the 2004 "Van Helsing". You know, the one with Hugh Jackman and those amazing-looking women vampires. And here's an additional shout out to Matt Webb for killing it on the colors. Between these two artists, the whole book has a feel more like looking through freeze-frames of a movie than reading a book.
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